December 15, 2023
Tablet is your source for discovering the world’s most exciting boutique hotels — places where you’ll find a memorable experience, not just a room for the night. For over twenty years we’ve scoured the earth, evaluating hotels for every taste and budget, creating a hand-picked selection that’s proven and unforgettable. Now, we’re the official hotel selection of the legendary MICHELIN Guide. Here are the top boutique hotels in the Meatpacking District, NYC.:
It’s a long-standing critique of urban boutique hotels that underneath it all they’re simply nightspots with rooms attached. For a hotel like the Jane, however, it’s less a criticism than a simple statement of fact. Sean McPherson and Eric Goode might be annoyed if you called their Bowery or Maritime hotel rooms an afterthought — but at the Jane they’d have to admit that the nightlife is probably the star of the show.
That’s less true in fact than it was before. In its first phase the Jane was little more than the Jane Ballroom plus a selection of bunk rooms, small even by New York standards, which felt more like the cabins of an ocean liner than anything else. Rather than run from it, though, they’ve embraced the resemblance: the newest phase of the Jane adds 40 “captain’s cabins,” full-sized bedrooms with stylish all-white en suite bathrooms, very much cut from the same bohemian cloth as the Bowery Hotel’s excellent bedrooms.
The Meatpacking District, perhaps the most hedonistic of all of Manhattan’s neighborhoods, is hardly short on statement-making, nightlife-oriented hotels. The neighborhood’s messier commercial past is all but extinct, the words “meat market” having taken on a less literal connotation for the crowds who teeter along the cobblestone streets these days. And yet even as more and more eye-catching hotels and their attendant nightlife scenes sprout up, the Gansevoort hotel remains a perennial standout — its rooftop lounge an enduringly inviting place to clink cocktail glasses, its sweeping views of the Hudson as inspiring as ever.
Housed in a glass and metal tower, the hotel stands in contrast to the neighborhood’s predominantly low-rise industrial architecture. At thirteen stories it would be no more than a bump in the Midtown pavement; down here, though, the skyline is lower, and Hotel Gansevoort towers over most of its neighbors. You may even be able to peer mockingly down upon the star-studded rooftop of the members-only Soho House from the comfort of your room.
André Balazs’s line of Standard hotels took its time getting to New York. Now it seems they were waiting for something big, and this is it — for a group that’s made its name with clever renovations, a ground-up new build is a major undertaking.
This Standard hotel looks more or less like a slightly bent UN building on stilts, straddling the High Line, the elevated former railway that’s been turned into lower Manhattan’s new green paradise. Even the interiors feel a bit utopian, decked out in a retro-future style that pays homage to Scandinavian mid-century modernism — a welcome departure from the faux-Romantic grittiness that seems to prevail in the Meatpacking District.
The Maritime Hotel was designed in 1966 for the National Maritime Union; hence its name, and its nautical theme. Today it is one of New York’s hipster hangouts, owing as much to its location (just off the Meatpacking District) as to the charms of the hotel itself.
This is not a traditional hotel, by any stretch — all rooms face westward, looking over the Hudson and New Jersey through five-foot porthole windows. The rooms are compact, but well-designed, with built-in furniture, so that all the necessities (storage space, work desk, flat-screen TV) easily fit into the tiny space, and wireless internet, naturally, takes no space at all. The décor almost borders on kitsch, but is actually quite charming, if one accepts the ship's cabin conceit in all its wood-paneled glory.
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Many people visiting New York for the first time are shocked with the size of the rooms (smallish). If you need some space and are not looking to book a suite, here are some boutique hotels with larger standard rooms:
Four Seasons Hotel New York Midtown
The Dominick Soho
Conrad New York Midtown Midtown
The St. Regis New York Midtown
Crosby Street Hotel Soho
Park Hyatt New York Midtown
There are plenty of great dining experiences in New York boutique hotels but here are a few recognized by The MICHELIN Guide we recommend:
The New York Edition
The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
The top-rated boutique hotels in Soho are:
Crosby Street Hotel 19.5/20 Guest Rating
The Mercer 19/20 Guest Rating
Sixty Soho 18/20 Guest Rating
For more information, view our Best Boutique Hotels in Soho.
The top-rated boutique hotels in Midtown are:
The Whitby 19.5/20 Guest Rating
Merrion Row Hotel and Public House 19.5/20 Guest Rating
Andaz 5th Avenue 18.5/20 Guest Rating
For more information, view our Best Boutique Hotels in Midtown.
The closest boutique hotels on Tablet near the Empire State Building are:
Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue 19/20 Guest Rating
Andaz 5th Avenue 18.5/20 Guest Rating
The Archer 18.5/20 Guest Rating
Refinery Hotel New York 18.5/20 Guest Rating
The closest boutique hotels on Tablet near Central Park are:
6 Columbus, Central Park 17/20 Guest Rating
The Whitby Hotel 19.5/20 Guest Rating
Park Hyatt New York 18.5/20 Guest Rating
1 Hotel Central Park 19/20 Guest Rating
Westhouse Hotel 17/20 Guest Rating
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